scratch someone's back

scratch someone's back
scratch someone's back — see scratch, 1
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Main Entry:back
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scratch someone's back
informal : to do something that helps someone else but that is often wrong or difficult to do

You scratch my back, and I'll scratch yours. [=if you do something to help me, I'll do something to help you]

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Main Entry:scratch

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